My younger daughter and I took a road trip out to the Trenton Farmers' Market and Halo Farm. We looked around at the produce stands for anything unusual that is not available at my local farm markets. Not too much interesting - but wait -we spotted bitter melon and both agreed that we should try it. Not sure what we will do with it - but we love to try new things - and love most all vegetables. Funny looking, kind of like an ugly cucumber or some kind of gourd. Hey - I like a lot of ugly vegetables. A dollar for a bag of 4 - sold!
Well, we googled bitter melon when we got home to try to find some inspiration. Instead of inspiration, we read warnings! May cause headaches, birth defects, convulsions, spontaneous abortion, coma...??!! Supposedly it has health benefits for diabetics. Needless to say, since we are not diabetic, we are passing on the bitter melon! I am not sure that I know of any other vegetable with similar warnings. Well, we spent a dollar, learned something new, and had a good laugh about bitter melon, as we looked at each other and both said, "I don't want to try it!"
Highlights of the trip included the absolutely best soft pretzels from the Amish stand - so very good! Worth the drive for the pretzels alone. We also picked up one of their barbecued chickens - great as well. Very nice people - we'll be back!
Next on to Halo Farm which shares a parking lot with the market. 1/2 gallon skim milk, 1/2 gallon lactaid-like milk, 1/2 gallon lemonade, 1/2 gallon iced tea, 1 lb. butter, and 3 pints of ice cream (chocolate peanut butter, vanilla m&m, and coffee heath bar) all for $10.40! All natural, no hormones, no antibiotics, pure cane sugar in the drinks - a huge bargain!
Best of all, I spent time with my daughter! Priceless!